McDonald's: Who got snubbed?
The last few years the McDonald’s All-American Selection Committee has done a good job of picking the most deserving candidates for inclusion in the annual game. This year again the committee has done a good job, but still there are a few players who can clearly make a case for inclusion. One thing is important to note when looking at guys who missed, is not all are eligible. No. 3 ranked prospect Skal Labissiere wasn't eligible and neither was Ray Smith, who has sat out the season with a torn ACL. Also guard Jalen Adams wasn’t eligible based on age. With that out of the way, a few players can feel they were just as worthy of getting in as some who did. The first place to look is to Brewster Academy where the duo Bobcats duo of Justin Simon and Donovan Mitchell didn’t receive invites to the prestigious game. Simon is actually the highest rated eligible player to be left out. His combination of size, athleticism, and versatility make him one of the best long range prospects in the class. Mitchell, who checks in at No. 21 has a very good case over prospects such as Antonio Blakeney, Luke Kennard, and Perry Dozier who all made the game at the guard positions. Mitchell has had a very good senior season and also was dominant at times during the summer, and can feel that he was short changed a bit by the committee. When looking at the center position the person with the biggest gripe is clearly Plano (Texas) West big man Tyler Davis. While the center position was stacked in this class, Davis has been tremendous all year long and could make a strong case that he is just as deserving as Thomas Bryant, though clearly Bryant is extremely deserving of the honor as well. Another Plano West standout in D.J. Hogg also has a pretty strong case, though he would have had to unseat Malachi Richardson or potentially Deyonta Davis. The same could be said for Louisville signee Deng Adel. Hogg and Adel each have performed on the big stage and are considered excellent prospects, but there is definitely no problem in Davis or Richardson making the game. Finally a few other prospects such as Jalen Coleman-Lands, who has had a terrific senior year, Elijah Thomas, Aaron Holiday, and Dejounte Murray can feel a little bit slighted. Coleman-Lands and Holiday have especially been impressive as seniors, and no doubt would be very worthy participants. Overall there is no glaring omission this year, and no kid who clearly isn’t deserving who got in due to political reasons. All things considered the committee did a very good job this year, though as always there are prospects who can definitely make a case that they got snubbed.
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